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Feds' wellbeing at work lower than private sector
Thursday - 6/30/2011, 4:24pm EDT
Federal News Radio
Federal employees have higher overall wellbeing than private sector employees - except when it comes to their work environment.
A Gallup poll found federal workers are less likely to have positive relationships with their supervisors, indicating government jobs have a "more traditional, subordinating work environment."
Gallup's index score for workplace wellbeing:
- Federal workers - 42.2
- State workers - 48.6
- Local workers - 47.8
- Non-government workers - 48.7
However, feds' overall well-being was 86.7 compared with non-government workers' score of 83.6. The overall score also took into consideration healthy behaviors and physical and emotional health.
"Government employees outperform non-government workers the most in the areas of overall life evaluation and access to basic needs such [as] having enough money to pay for healthcare and/or medicines, provide adequate shelter or housing, and buy food; and having health insurance and a personal doctor," Gallup said.
Gallup surveyed more than 180,000 people in 2010 for the poll.